Whitetail Bristletooth Tang (Ctenochaetus flavicauda) Care
The Whitetail Bristletooth Tang, Ctenochaetus flavicauda, is also known as the Red-Spotted Tang and the White Tail Yellow Eye Tang. These fish come from the Western Central Pacific Ocean. They have a reddish-orange body with orange spots on the head and into lines on the body. The eyes are rimmed with a yellow line. Tangs are also known as surgeonfish because they have a scalpel-like spine at the base of the tail, be sure to handle them with care!
Tangs are herbivores and require a diet rich in foods such as macroalgae, dried seaweed, and enriched vegetable flakes. They should be fed a couple of times a day. Despite being herbivores, they will happily eat meaty foods fed to other tank inhabitants.
Whitetail Bristletooth Tangs can reach up to 6-1/2″ and require an aquarium of at least 70 gallons with strong water flow and lots of swimming area. They will be peaceful with almost all fish EXCEPT other tangs. If you want to add multiple tangs to a tank, it is best to add them at the same time so none of them have pre-established territories.
They are reef safe.
NOTE: Tangs are very susceptible to getting ich; always quarantine them before introducing them to your main tank.
Learn more about this fish in our In The Spotlight article.In The Spotlight - Whitetail Bristletooth Tang